If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock a year ago, you'd have $42 left.
With Lehman Brothers, you'd have $6.60 left.
With Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you'd have less than $5.
But if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer a year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling refund, you'd have $214.*
*Thanks, as ever, to Michel